Hypertension – What To Do?
Hypertension is an extremely common condition. Nowadays it’s even easier to be diagnosed with it due to the stressful lifestyle we’re leading, the multiple coffees per day you have to drink in order to stay alert, and, let’s tell it straight – ambition.
Even though hypertension, or high blood pressure, as it’s more commonly known, has been around for quite a while, there has been a recent breakout of many people suffering from it. It’s even more common throughout obese people.
Here we’re going to take a look at what could be causing the condition, what it really means – and a number of ways you can take care of yourself if you are known to having a high blood pressure.
Oh, and another thing – we are going to focus on the condition, known as primary hypertension. Just to clarify – secondary hypertension occurs due to other, more serious conditions, for example sleep apnea, kidney problems and so on.
There are a few risk factors that determine a group of people who can be diagnosed with hyper tension. Unfortunately, the true cause of high blood pressure is not yet discovered. But let’s take a look at the risk factors:
The first risk factor is older age – many people between fifty to sixty years old are extremely prone to being diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Another risk factor is obesity – overweight people also have a tendency to have hypertension. Furthermore, if a person is not overweight, but lacking physical movement and regular exercise, there is a big probability of him being diagnosed with hypertension.
Stress is also considered as a factor to causing high blood pressure – and so is your genetic predisposal to such a condition. Meaning if you have a family medical history of people suffering from hypertension, you are more likely to get it as well.
Of course, smoking and alcohol are two other factors that contribute to the possible diagnose as well.
If you like to salt your meals up a lot, this could also lead to hypertension.
High blood pressure is dangerous. It means that your blood hits the walls of your arteries at a very high level. Blood pressure is measured by comparing how much blood your heart pumps out and how much resistance your arteries provide.
Which means that if your heart is pumping out a lot of blood, but your arteries are narrowed (due to smoking, for example), you are most likely, if not certainly, going to be diagnosed with hypertension.
If you don’t take precautions and do not try to limit the risk factors, there is a chance of many severe conditions – such as different heart diseases, dementia, trouble with memory, aneurysm, heart failures, strokes, heart attacks and others.
3. Taking care of yourself
There are a number of things you can do that are directly corresponding to the risk factors. Even if the condition is incurable, at least there are a few steps available to limiting it.
If you’re smoking, quit immediately. The same goes if you like to drink often and a lot.
You should try to do more exercise on a regular basis. Take up a sport – even jogging can help you take command over hypertension.
Reduce the stress in your environment. If you live in a noisy flat, consider finding another place to live in. if it is your job that’s causing you to feel stressed, maybe it’s time you found another.
There are things that are in your control over your environment – and the least you can do is limit every unhealthy influence over your life. For example, you could take up a certain activity that focuses on relaxation.
Yoga could be very useful in this situation, as it combines both relaxation and regular physical exercise. If yoga is not your thing, then you could go for deep breathing therapies – or even go hiking in the nature.
If you are overweight, you should go on a diet – try to lose some weight. Concentrate on fruit, vegetables, fish, and nuts – and do your best to not eat any sugars or red meats.
You could speak to a professional, as he can create a daily diet for you to follow, that’s directly corresponding to your needs and physique. Add regular exercise to your daily plan to achieve the best results.
Remove salt as much as from your meals completely.
Also do not forget to meet up with your doctor on a regular basis. It is almost certainly he is to prescribe you some medicines with which he can keep the condition under control as much as possible.
The problem with hypertension is that it is usually formed over many years – and there are no direct symptoms you could identify it with. It is most usually diagnosed over a regular check-up. The condition is quite serious and hides dangers, but it is manageable to live with it if you put some effort in controlling it.
Many people last very long – so if you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s not the end of the world! Keep your head up! Remember, it is you and your lifestyle that determine how serious it can get.
And if you are completely healthy, but know that some of your family members are suffering from hypertension, take precaution while you still can. The things you need to do are not hard and complicated, they only require regularity. Good day!